About

Chances are, if you are hiking up a mountain trail, you’ll exchange information
with others on their way down. They may offer you helpful suggestions
about upcoming obstacles, or point out sights to enjoy which you may
have missed on your own. Maybe you’ll stop them to ask for more detailed
information. In these exchanges, you’ve enriched your own journey while
offering others a chance to make a positive difference.
Before you can walk in the shoes of those you admire, it helps to first stand
on their shoulders. One of the most valuable pieces of advice I was ever given;
emulate to learn, but innovate to earn. Those featured in 50 Interviews offer
proof that with enough desire and persistence, anything is possible. To find
success, they each blazed a new trail and became innovators.
There are two types of people in this world; those who ponder and those
who act. 50 Interviews showcases that latter, offering an honest glimpse into
the mindset of a true entrepreneur. Their answers offer real life wisdom,
insight and practical advice you can put to use now. These entrepreneurs
are living proof that you can create something from nothing and that without
risk, they can be no reward. They teach us that failure is the pathway to
success, a burning passion the essential fuel, and having a purpose greater
than ourselves is the key to fulfillment.

Praise for 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs

“I wish I had a copy of 50 interviews when I launched my first company, I would have covered much more ground a whole lot faster.”  -Mike Michalowicz, Author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

“Very few books these days combine short vignettes with powerful direct impacts that can be used immediately. The ROI for 50 Interviews is two minutes tops. Brian’s formulaic approach enables the reader to extract the collective insight and experience of 50 divergent entrepreneurs. His dialogue throughout the book allows us to vicariously ask the questions we would have wanted to ask any successful entrepreneur and learn succinctly what worked for them.” -Michael R. Webb, Co-Founder, Aubice LLC

“50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs is a must-have for any serious entrepreneur. As a successful author, writer’s coach and part-owner of a small press, I can attest to the pure satisfaction of creating and running a business you love, but also the myriad challenges. One of the characteristics of true entrepreneurs, though, is that we never stop learning, and reading Brian Schwartz’s interviews has given me new insights and inspiration. I’ve been reading an interview a day to spark my creative energy and focus on the expert advice from each business owner. This book is great not just for those considering entrepreneurship, but for those of us living the dream.” – Teresa R. Funke, Author of The Home-Front Heroes Collection

“Whether you are thinking about starting a business or already have, 50 Interviews shows that you don’t need to make all the mistakes yourself, Read this book and learn from those who are already succeeding. Quit dreaming and start living.” – Joe Sabah, Founding President of the Colorado Speakers Association (now NSA/Colorado).

“50 Interviews provides fifty unique perspectives in how to be successful, fulfilled and the best at what you do.”  -Joel Garfinkle, Founder of www.dreamjobcoaching.com and www.garfinkleexecutivecoaching.com

Did you ever wish you could have coffee with some successful entrepreneurs? 50 Interviews can almost do that for you.  During interviews with a wide range of businesspeople, Brian asked them the questions you would want them to answer.  Great insights into the minds of an eclectic group of go-getters – Bob McDonnell, Freelance Writer in Loveland, CO

“There are two ways to learn about entrepreneurship: one, give it a try, and two, talk to people who have lived and breathed it for years in the crucibles of start-ups.  50 Interviews gives readers a front-row seat to the action, offering future entrepreneurs lessons learned the hard way.  Read it, learn, and then go do it!” -Gregg Vanourek, founding partner, New Mountain Ventures, and co-author, Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives

“The vast majority of “entrepreneurship” experts in the world tell you what you want to hear.  But in 50 interviews, the interviewees tell you what you need to hear. It is an eye opening and must read book if you want to know the cold hard truth about true entrepreneurship.” -Jerèll & Elissa Klaver. Founders of SALUS® Customize your Bath and Body Care

“If entrepreneurship can be learned, this book will give you a window inside the mind of the successful entrepreneur.” -Peter Olins, Co-Founder, Northern Colorado Entrepreneurs Network.

“Learning from already those leading extraordinary lives is the essence of 50 Interviews.” -Michael Guerriero, Author of Party Across America

“50 Interviews is like having fifty mentors ‘on-call’, incredibly inspiring with seeds of encouragement to live a more powerful, purposeful life!” -Tracey Ellis, Latest Scoop Publishing

Read the book that launched a movement!

Chances are, if you are hiking up a mountain trail, you’ll exchange information with others on their way down. They may offer you helpful suggestions about upcoming obstacles, or point out sights to enjoy which you may have missed on your own. Maybe you’ll stop them to ask for more detailed information. In these exchanges, you’ve enriched your own journey while offering others a chance to make a positive difference.

Before you can walk in the shoes of those you admire, it helps to first stand on their shoulders. One of the most valuable pieces of advice I was ever given; emulate to learn, but innovate to earn. Those featured in 50 Interviews offer proof that with enough desire and persistence, anything is possible. To find success, they each blazed a new trail and became innovators.

There are two types of people in this world; those who ponder and those who act. 50 Interviews showcases that latter, offering an honest glimpse into the mindset of a true entrepreneur. Their answers offer real life wisdom, insight and practical advice you can put to use now. These entrepreneurs are living proof that you can create something from nothing and that without risk, they can be no reward. They teach us that failure is the pathway to success, a burning passion the essential fuel, and having a purpose greater than ourselves is the key to fulfillment.

When I first began the interview process, my intention was simply to explore the possibilities of entrepreneurship to see if it was the path for me.  I wanted to take a look at what being in business for myself really meant before I took the leap.  I must give credit where credit is due.  It was my wise and wonderful wife, Debi, who suggested I interview 50 entrepreneurs.  She secretly hoped that by the time I interviewed 50 people, I would forget about this crazy idea and stick to my daily grind.  Truthfully, we were both pretty fearful of giving up the security of a steady paycheck to start a business.

I took my wife’s advice and began reaching out to schedule interviews with entrepreneurs from a variety of industries and backgrounds.  What began as a career exploration exercise turned into something much bigger than I ever imagined.  In the process of doing those first 50 interviews, I had a personal awakening.  I was enlightened, not only about all things entrepreneurial, but also about the power of the interview process itself.  I am a voracious reader of non-fiction. I have always enjoyed learning from the experiences of others.  As I completed each interview, I was struck by the potency of the information that was being offered through the oral exchange of ideas.

When information is shared orally and in the first person, the truth, in all its glory, comes out.  When we write, we can’t help but make little corrections.  As we strive to conform grammatically, socially or culturally to prescribed conventions, the essence of our story is often diluted.  Bits of truth remain but important aspects of the message get lost in the translation as we put our thoughts and oral musings into written form.

By taking the time to ask questions of people who are living some reality and then really listening to the answers, I discovered the unwritten rules, the unspoken truths and particular insights of the entrepreneurial experience. I was given the opportunity to stand, for a moment, in fifty different pairs of shoes of people actually in the trenches of the experience. The interviews are unedited and unadulterated by the filters of well-meaning writers and editors or even by the entrepreneurs themselves.  This gives readers the opportunity to discern the information in its purest form and to ultimately draw their own conclusions.

As a result of doing 50 interviews, I did make the leap from employee to entrepreneur.  My career exploration ultimately became the catalyst for a vibrant business enterprise involving many different people. Hundreds of other 50 Interviews© titles are currently in the process of being developed and published.  Exploring 50 different perspectives on a single topic is transformative and it is exciting to see the concept applied to so many different life experiences.

In the interviews, you will discover some unexpected truths. I invite you to open your mind, set any preconceived notions aside and step into someone else’s shoes.  The hope is that through the process of learning from the experiences of others, you will be inspired to take action and move forward on your own journey.

Acknowledgements

This project would not have existed without the generous support and guidance of several people, notably my wife Debi, my Mom, Veronica Yager, Rob McNealy host of Startup Story Radio, Chad Cameron & Isaac Allen (Creators of LEAP!), Tom Frey of The DaVinci Institute, Patrick Moran, Braun Mincher, Bob McDonnellCarrie Pinksy, Dani Zerbi, Pam Valvano and the 50+ entrepreneurs who graciously donated their time to make this book possible. Jack Canfield was the original catalyst of this project through reading his book The Success Principles where I discovered Landmark Education.  Landmark created a framework for me that led to uncovering a new passion. This book is the result of bringing what was once only a possibility to reality!  I want to also express appreciation in advance to all the other contributing authors who will be fulfilling the mission of 50 Interviews to create new futures for themselves and others by pursuing their passion.

All the best,
Brian